Bottles & Bites
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
March 6, 5-9 p.m.
If you’ve ever wanted to become an expert in beer, wine and food overnight, Bottles & Bites is a great place to start. This special evening at the Downtown Market fills the upstairs greenhouse and banquet room with more than 75 wines, as well as beer, sake and food. The tables are set up with themes like Sunny California and Italian Gems to help you compare and contrast vino from all over. Plus, you get discounted wine purchases from Aperitivo.
Cinema Lab presents: Loving Vincent
1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Mar. 11, 7-10 p.m., FREE
Cinema Lab and the Grand Rapids Public Library bring you a screening and discussion of the Academy Award nominated film Loving Vincent. Not only is this film visually gorgeous, it’s the world’s first fully painted feature film. Using the talents of more than 100 artists and 65,000 paintings, Vincent Van Gogh’s story comes to life in his unique painting style before your eyes.
An Evening with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
123 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
March 12 & 13
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has won five Grammy Awards and been around for more than 50 years, and for good reason. The South African group sings in perfect harmony, dances together and banters onstage, making for the perfect up-close show in the intimate Listening Room. Their performances are full of joy, love and fun.
The Sound of Music: An Interactive Music Event
Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
March 14, 6 p.m., $15
Kalamazoo is alive with, yes, the sound of music! This classic movie is coming back to the big screen like never before, with full audience participation. If your family is tired of you singing along at home whenever you watch the movie in your living room, head to this event and let it all out with everyone in the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Local actor Lori Moore will be there to lead crowd participation.
Irish On Ionia
25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
March 14, 11 a.m.-10 pm., $20-$65
There’s really nothing like Irish On Ionia, Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street party. The huge festival is now in its 10th year, with years of green beer and green shirts under its green belt. The street closes down so you can dance and drink to your heart’s content, with performers playing all day. Irish dancers, DJs and Celtic bands all take the stage, so you get a good variety from beginning to end.
Grand Rapids Bourbon Fest
Studio D2D Event Center
401 Hall St. SW, Grand Rapids
March 14, 4-11 p.m., $50
The first-ever Grand Rapids Bourbon Fest is here, featuring roughly 100 whiskeys, food and live music. General admission tickets include entry, a souvenir glass and 10 half-ounce pours. Head online to see the massive list — many of the bourbons have multiple varietals, meaning you can compare and contrast different versions and barrels of the same whiskey.
The Price Is Right Live
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
March 17, 7:30 p.m., $62+
If you can’t make it out to Los Angeles to see Price is Right and spin the big wheel in person, now’s your chance. Whether you’re hoping to win big or just watch the fun from the crowd, The Price Is Right Live brings the show to the stage so you can watch it all happen in real time. Appliances, vacations, even new cars — it’s all up for grabs!
An Evening With Josh Ritter
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids
March 21, 7 p.m., $35-40
Americana singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is stopping at Fountain Street Church on his solo tour, A Book of Gold Thrown Open. With a focus on quieter, narrative music, Ritter will perform an intimate set of songs old and new. If you want to forget about Michigan’s grey skies for a moment, grab a friend and head on over to this show. Your winter blues will be cured in no time, thanks to the venue’s colorful stained glass and music to match. Art is medicine, after all.
LadyFest GR 2020
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Dr. SW, Grand Rapids
March 28, $15-$25
LadyFest is back once again to celebrate all women, with speakers, vendors and bands. Headlining the event this year is Thao Nguyen of The Get Down Stay Down, also featuring performances from Sierra Skye Baker, Girls Rock Grand Rapids and more. The speakers include community figures like diversity and inclusion consultant Graci Harkema.
An Evening with Michael Bublé
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
March 31, 8 p.m., $65
Michael Bublé — dreamboat, singer and songwriter — is bringing his silky-smooth voice to Grand Rapids. He’s won four Grammy Awards, sold more than 60 million records and had multiple singles, all from singing endlessly about love. His latest album, Love (stylized as the red heart emoji), features two singles, “When I Fall in Love” and “Love You Anymore.”
Concerts Under the Stars: Coffin Problem
Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
If you haven’t been the planetarium in a while, this is the perfect reason to head back. Concerts Under the Stars brings local musicians to the museum along with a local video artist creating a shifting visual experience in real time. It’s extra special with a band like Coffin Problem, a loud, atmospheric, “cavernous and cathartic” rock group that will launch you to the stars.
While we went through some painful losses this year (R.I.P. G.B. Russo’s), notice how many more fantastic places we had open.
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